Let’s Put A Lid on the Plastic Pollution Pandemic

We all know single-use disposable plastic products are causing a huge problem for our environment on a global scale. Simply put, most plastic will never biodegrade. This is a big problem for current and future residents of earth. So this Earth Day, we want to present a couple products that can help cut back on the frequency with which we all use plastic zip-top baggies, plastic cling-wrap, plastic to-go containers, and plastic garbage bags. (While some of the products below are made of plastic, it is BPA-free, durable, and above all, reusable.) With proper care and use, the following products make an excellent, long-lasting alternative to the throw-away kind.

First up are our Pyrex glass bowls and compatible replacement lids. These glass bowls come in a variety of sizes, so you never have too much or too little space for the food you’re hoping to store. From the spacious 7-cup bowl down to the petite 1-cup bowl, this Pyrex glassware nests beautifully and can be used in the freezer, fridge, microwave, and dishwasher. (While we stock and ship select bowl and bakeware sets, we have even more great bowls and Pyrex glassware that we aren’t able to ship while still offering our customers the best possible deal. For that reason, our customers within reasonable distance of our Mesa, Arizona location are encouraged to schedule a time to come into our warehouse and take advantage of our amazing prices on Pyrex glass.)

However! For our customers across the country and the world, we do offer Pyrex replacement lids at a screaming deal. Just as we carry bowls in almost every size, we carry lids in almost every size AND color! On our website (and our various storefronts around the web), we feature lid sets that we think look especially nice together. We also encourage our customers to put together sets of their own to suit their personal decorating style. (If you’d like to create your own set and receive our bundled lid discount, it’s as easy as calling our friendly staff during business hours and having them help you place your order.) These Pyrex replacement lids allow users with an existing Pyrex glass collection to use their dishes in more versatile ways. With the help of one of our 233-PC lids, what was once just a 9” x 13” casserole dish becomes a vessel for transporting dinners to countless exciting destinations. A reusable lid also makes storing leftovers super simple with none of the hassle or environmental detritus caused by plastic wrap.

Next up is our Snapware Airtight 26-piece food storage set. This colorful set features 13 containers and 13 compatible locking lids. These containers are especially perfect for taking food on the go, thanks to their durable construction and their promise not to leak. With sizes ranging from 1-cup to 40-cups, there’s really no limit to what items you can store and stow in these reusable plastic containers. And this set is almost as versatile as Pyrex glass! It can be used in the freezer, refrigerator, and microwave, and it cleans up nicely on the top rack of the dishwasher. We also have other Snapware items that can be purchased separately.

While we’ve been looking at food storage containers to this point, it’s important to discuss what happens to the food we don’t eat. Just as plastic is filling up the ocean, our landfills are filling up with organic waste that could be put to immeasurably better use if it were properly disposed of and composted. If you’ve been meaning to compost for a while now but don’t know where to begin, perhaps our EcoSafe compostable bags are a good start. Available in sizes of 13 gallon (for tall kitchen garbage cans) and 39 gallon (for organic yard waste), there won’t be any excuse not to keep better track of your compostable waste and get it to a community compost heap.

We hope these high-quality, reusable (or compostable) products might help make it easier to accomplish environmentally-conscious food storage and food waste disposal outcomes for you and your family. Every single time you reuse an item rather than reaching for its disposable counterpart, you’re making a difference in the amount of plastic pollution that is marring Mother Earth. For each of those small gestures, we and our future generations thank you. Happy Earth Day from Helton Tool & Home.

For more information on things you can do to help with the plastic pollution pandemic, check out these facts from EcoWatch.

Have A Hunch You Should Pack Your Lunch?

The benefits of bringing lunch from home are as far-reaching as your options when you opt to bring your lunch from home! Not only does packing lunch save you money on the repeated expense of getting food on the go, but it allows you to fine-tune your cuisine to meet your dietary desires. Some fast food places are happy to make it your way, but that level of personalization doesn’t compare to the excitement of selecting the unique and exciting proteins, carbs, and healthy fats of your choice. In honor of National Pack Your Lunch Day today, we want to present to you some products that may help facilitate the packing of lunch at home and the ease of bringing it with you wherever your day takes you!

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These versatile containers are excellent for packing lunch for kids, since they form an airtight, spill-proof seal, and they hold different quantities. These lids form a secure seal without being too difficult for little hands to open. These Snapware containers even feature a Write+Erase space where you can leave a little note to the person who is taking lunch.

 

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When it comes to keeping your lunch cool, these Snapware On the Go ice packs are an excellent companion to Snapware containers. They are compact enough to fit into an insulated lunch bag to keep your cuisine at a chilly and appealing temperature.

  1. Pyrex 14-piece Glass Container Set14pc

For those who like to pack their lunch in glass, the Pyrex 14-piece container and lid set is the perfect choice. This container set includes 7 glass bowls and 7 plastic lids. The set contains one 7-cup bowl, two 4-cup bowls, two 2-cup bowls, and two 1-cup bowls, all with color coordinated lids. The color coordination on the lids allows users keep track of what type of food is stored in which container, helping them make more balanced nutritional choices. Another benefit of this great set is that the containers and lids are freezer, refrigerator, and microwave safe, so you can leave the lid on loosely to prevent splatters during reheating.

  1. Pyrex Seasonal Ghost and Reindeer Bowls

Even though it’s the “off-season” for things like spooky ghosts and prancing reindeer, we still think these seasonal bowls make reliable, reusable lunch-packing containers all year ‘round. Who knows? These playful Pyrex bowls might keep that guy from accounting from stealing your lunch if he thinks it has been there since October!

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Not all packed lunches are meant to be single-serve. If you’re headed to a work lunch potluck or bringing in a treat for a birthday, you can’t go without the Pyrex carrying case with a large hot/cold pack. Available in either a black and red color scheme or a blue and green style, this tote features large pockets on the inside for holding utensils, as well as sturdy handles that Velcro in the middle, giving you a secure hold on your hot or cold dish. The wrap-around zipper makes opening this carrying case easy to insert or remove the dish you’ve prepared. The large hot/cold pack fits snugly into the carrier, and it can be frozen or microwaved to produce the long-lasting temperature-controlling effects that you want.

The Tools of the Lion’s Trade

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, so as we herald in the month of March, we want to make a post for the lions and lionesses out there. In this Monday Minute, we’re going to highlight a handful of our hardest-hitting, most heavy-duty tools and tool accessories for all the readers who spend long days cutting up projects and pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with the determination of a lion and some good old-fashioned hard work.

 

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Hitachi G23MR Disc Grinder

The Hitachi G23MR 9” 15-Amp Corded Disc Grinder is a bastion of Hitachi’s commitment to producing powerful, durable tools that are comfortable to use. The G23MR comes in at just under 12lbs and incorporates an impeccably-designed aluminum housing that is intertwined with an injection-molded inner nylon core, giving you the strength of metal-bodied tools of old with the double insulation characteristic of today’s plastic housing tools. You can rely on this disc grinder to function longer, thanks to the labyrinthine design of the sealed armature coil, which is impenetrable to dust and debris. The lock-on switch on the G23MR allows you to comfortably and continuously operate this machine, meaning there’s no end to the amount of work you can get done with this bad boy in your arsenal.

 

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Hitachi 1×18” SDS Max Flat Chisel

If you do the kind of heavy-duty work that requires you to literally break the earth, our Hitachi SDS Max Flat Chisels are the tools for you. Available in 12” or 18” lengths, these heat-hardened and tempered high-carbon steel chisels feature a head hardness of 52 to 57 HRC. The cutting edge on these chisels is meticulously designed and forged to give you the best possible removal rate. These chisels each feature an SDS-Max high-tolerance milled shank to ensure the best fit with your tool and allow you to keep going strong during continuous heavy use.

 

DeWalt DCD777 20V Brushless Drill/Driver

When it comes to cordless drills, the amount of awesomeness doesn’t vary too much within a specific brand and/or voltage. For that reason, it was a little tricky to pick out our most powerful driver to showcase. However, there are three factors that led to the DeWalt DCD777 making the cut: 1. It delivers 20V peak, giving you the kind of driving power you need right when you need it. 2. It has a brushless motor, which makes it unquestioningly more efficient and more durable than its brushed counterparts. 3. It’s a DeWalt! (Said mostly in jest; we’re not playing favorites! Whether you’re devout to DeWalt, a master of Makita, or happy with Hitachi, we have a large selection of tools, batteries, chargers, and accessories to keep you roaring.)

 

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Cyclone CY095S3 855-ft Commercial Trimmer Line

A famous lion once said, “Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” Make sure your kingdom gets the most possible light when you trim back unruly bushes, shrubs, and grass with this 3-pound spool of Cyclone Commercial Trimmer Line. Crafted with a scientific 6-bladed shape that lasts longer and cuts better than rounded trimmer line. With 855 feet of durable nylon copolymer trimmer line, there’s no limit to the amount of weed whacking you can accomplish! (We also have trimmer line available in different line sizes, designs, and quantities.)

 

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Makita 21pc Ultra Magnetic Torsion Driver Bit Set

This 21-piece Ultra Magnetic Torsion Driver Bit Set from Makita offers the perfect high-strength solution to your broken bit problem when using high-torque impact wrenches and drivers. Xtreme Torsion Technology allows these bits to flex under pressure and take some of the impact off the bit tip, making them the ideal choice for deck building, framing, and installing plywood subflooring. In addition to these super-strong bits, this set includes an insert bit holder that boasts a rare earth neodymium magnet, which is twice as strong as the magnet in a standard bit holder. The insert bits in this set feature precision-fit tips to reduce incidences of stripping and cam-out—allowing the lions to keep working as long as they want.

 

A Wide Selection of Contractor Bags

Sometimes a lion does his best work away from his domain. For those of you who take your heavy-duty tools to heavy-duty locations, reach for one of our heavy-duty contractor bags. Whether DeWalt or Makita is more your speed, we have a ballistics nylon tool bag that will work hard for you. Featuring several spacious external pockets and several more lining the vast interior, there is always room for another tool in these bags. Featuring hard plastic skids on the bottom, these contractor bags will keep your tools stable and safe while you accomplish all the hard-hitting tasks you tackle in a day.

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!

 

Happy Dr. Seuss Day from us at HeltonTool!

We hope you have plans to do something cool

And if you don’t, we’re sure we can help

By showing you something from off of our shelf…

 

For people who like to work with their hands

We have tools that can meet almost any demand:

Compacts and impacts, cordless and brushless, too

Whether DeWalt, Makita, or Hitachi will do.

 

For people who like to spend their days cooking

We have pot and pan sets for which you are looking!

We have countless containers to keep your food fresh

And a temp-controlled tote bag for the temp that is best.

 

We have World’s Softest Socks you can put on your feet

And Pyrex hot-and-cold packs to give coldness or heat.

We have pet homes and art sets and model airplanes,

We have hex bits and belt clips and first-aid kits for pains!

 

As you can see, our offerings are assorted

With some made in America and some imported.

We send them all free to the lower forty-eight

And we ship them out fast, so you don’t have to wait.

 

If you’ve liked this glimpse of what we have in stock

Let your friends know—you don’t even have to talk!

Just give a thumbs up or a share on your page,

And have a positively wumbus-bopping Dr. Seuss Day!

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6 Things You’ll Need for Spring

We all know the adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So we want to help you plan for Spring Cleaning success with our theme of the week: Spring Thinking! Spring Thinking is all about planning ahead for the things you’re going to need in order to execute your most thorough Spring Cleaning spree yet—when that happy moment arrives. Here are a few items you need to think about acquiring as the seasons change. Read on to find out how each of these quality items from HeltonTool has you covered this spring.

we20vb1 Weed Eater Blower Kit: Who doesn’t love an all-in-one? This blower kit includes everything users need to clear their home and small yard of leaves, dirt, grass clippings, and other debris. The kit includes a blower handle, a lithium-ion battery, and a charger for just $88.90. We also have the individual components for sale, if you only need replacement parts.

2 SuperTrim Trimmer Line: We have many lengths and thicknesses of SuperTrim and Cyclone brands of trimmer line. For use with a wide variety of string trimmer models, these durable, brightly-colored timmer strings will have your tool buzzing around the periphery of your yard just as soon as it warms up. Pick up your trimmer line in a single, two-pack, or four-pack bundle on our website.

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3 Tool Cases and Bags: When nature calls us out of doors, it can be hard to ignore it. For users who do most of their hard work outside the home, we have a vast selection of tool cases and bags to tote hand tools, bare tools, batteries, chargers, and accessories. Check out our full line of tool cases and bags HERE, and you’ll enjoy a springtime of on-the-go cutting, fastening, grinding, and more that wouldn’t be possible without a reliable tool case.

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4 Rapid Care First Aid Kit: With the rise in temperatures and the rise in activities, there is an unfortunate rise in accidents during the spring. Be sure to keep a first aid kit on hand at all times. The Rapid Care First Aid Kit contains all the necessary components to treat a variety of mild to serious injuries, and it’s available for $12.95.eco_safe_3pk5 EcoSafe Compost Bags: It’s never too early to start saving the planet, and that’s the ultimate goal of these EcoSafe compost bags. Whether you’re an avid composter or you’re just dipping your toes in this environmentally-friendly way to manage waste, these bags will help. Line a waste basket with one of these bags, and you can discard organic materials to your heart’s content. When the bag is full, simply deposit the entire thing at your local community compost, where nature will do its thing. We have EcoSafe Large bags in 13-gallon size for most tall kitchen trash cans, and we have them in Extra Large 39-gallon size for organic yard waste and other large jobs.

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6 Best Step Anti-Microbial Interlocking Comfort Flooring: After you’ve scrubbed and scoured every last inch of tile, hardwood, or concrete flooring in your high-traffic, high-moisture areas—like the garage, mud room, weight room, and laundry room—what better way to protect that flooring than with comfortable, water-resistant, anti-fatigue floor mats? These durable mats can transform the flooring in rooms of all sizes thanks to their interlocking design. Each mat is 2” x 2” and they come 8 mats to a pack. Check out all our Best Step bundles to get the most value on this superb flooring solution!

5 Tips for Being a Fantastic Friend

Whether you have one or two friends that you hold near and dear to your heart, or if you have dozens of close friends who enrich your life, it’s important to take the time to acknowledge, celebrate, and maintain these friendships. What better time for a refresher course on friendship than during International Friendship Week? In this week’s Monday Minute, we’re presenting 5 Tips for Being a Fantastic Friend. Implement these tips in your friendships, and you’ll always have someone in your life to raise a cheer, offer a sturdy shoulder, and lend a listening ear.

1 Show your friends appreciation. There’s no wrong way to tell your friends you’re grateful for everything they bring to your life. Everyone gives (and receives) appreciation in different ways. Decide whether face-to-face, a phone call, a Facebook message, or a personalized greeting card is the best route for your friendship. If you’re worried about appearing awkward or excessive, keep your message short and sweet.

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2 Have fun with your friends. Everyone’s idea of a good time is different, but it’s likely that you and your friends share some common interests. If you and your friend find yourselves doing the same activities over and over, suggest trying something new. Take a class, do service in your community, try a new restaurant, or tackle a DIY project together. (We’re especially fond of the last suggestion, and we’re happy to help you find the right tools for the job.)

3 Help lead your friends to solutions. When your friend is having a problem and looking too closely at the situation, your most valuable role can be an extra pair of eyes to help guide them to a peaceful resolution. Make sure to listen to the problems your friend is having with an open mind, and try thinking outside the box for solutions. It’s easier to see the bigger picture with a level-headed friend around.

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4 Give your friends thoughtful gifts. Chances are good that your friends tell you things they don’t tell acquaintances or family members. Oftentimes these things are complaints and expressions of frustration. Listen closely when your friends are venting, and when the time comes for a birthday or holiday, give a truly thoughtful gift with the unique ability to solve a problem. For example, if a friend recently called crying because she locked her keys in her car for the 5th time this year, consider putting the iKeyless Car Remote on your shopping list.

5 Communicate with your friends. Every now and then, your friendships are likely to hit bumpy patches. That’s okay! Make sure when the rough patches come, you maintain focus on how valuable your friendship is. Handle arguments with patience, taking turns to understand one another’s perspectives. If your friend has wronged you, try putting yourself in their shoes and respond the way you hope they would respond if the roles were reversed. If something in your friendship is bothering you, be fearless in speaking up. A genuine friend will do their best to make sure you’re comfortable with the dynamic.

A Flash Introduction of the Hydraulic Valve Lifter Tool

Some people do things the hard way because it gives them a greater sense of accomplishment. Others do things the hard way because they don’t know there is an easier way. Whichever camp you fall into, allow us to spend a few words explaining all the joys and benefits of a Hydraulic Valve Lifter Tool (available now from HeltonTool for just $11.95). Any mechanic who has found need of repairing the hydraulic valve lifter in their engine will immediately understand the value of this tool. For everyone else, let us take a brief moment to enlighten.

Within the cylinders of an engine reside several lifters—little thumb-sized pieces of metal through which engine rods move up and down. These lifters serve to maintain zero valve clearance and protect rods from damage on the downward distribution of engine pressure. When one of these lifters needs to be repaired, it can be an extremely challenging (if not impossible) task to reach down between the camshaft and each engine’s valve and access the part. While some mechanics have gotten by using wire hangers or other long, narrow “tools,” there’s no comparison between these rudimentary efforts and the quality craftsmanship afforded by the Performance Tool brand Hydraulic Valve Lifter Tool – part number W80566.

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Once the intake manifold has been removed (where necessary) and the rocker covers, rocker arms, and push rods have been set aside, this tool is snaked into the hollow center of the hydraulic valve lifter. The user simply pushes the knob on the tool’s end to engage the tips of the tool into the grooves within the valve lifter. Once engaged, the user pulls up gently and is able to perform the required service to the part. When service is complete and it’s time to replace the hydraulic valve lifter, this tool performs the exact same way in reverse, making the entire process of removing and replacing a hydraulic valve lifter a walk in the park.

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Get yours here, and start doing one more thing the easy way.

A Flash History of CorningWare

Next time you’re feeling down for getting something not-quite-right the first time, consider the case of S. Donald Stookey, for whom a little accident turned into a wonderfully successful facet of a world-renowned glassware empire.

The year was 1953, and the Corning Glass Works company had been making quality glassware for just over a century. One day in the Corning Research and Development Division lab, S. Donald Stookey intended to heat photosensitive glass in a furnace set at 600°F. However, when he checked on the glass sample, he noted the furnace was 900°F and the glass within it had turned a milky white color. Startled, Stookey reached for the sample with his tongs, intent on throwing it away as an experiment gone wrong. When the sample slipped to the floor and didn’t break, Stookey realized he had created something amazing. The glass-ceramic product was later dubbed Pyroceram, and it is the same material CorningWare uses today to produce the high-quality, versatile dishes we know and love.

Pyroceram’s crowning feature is its ability to withstand thermal shock—the immediate change in temperature that causes some earthenware dishes to break. Pyroceram, and by extension all CorningWare, is capable of being taken from a freezer or fridge and used directly in a pre-heated oven, under a broiler, or in a microwave. Users need not worry about their cooking vessels cracking and ruining the meal, because these durable dishes have the wherewithal to withstand applications greater than or equal to 1000°C. No matter how high you accidentally set your home oven, there’s a very good chance your CorningWare will survive.

When you order CorningWare from HeltonTool, it is covered by World Kitchen’s lifetime guarantee. You also get fast, free shipping in the contiguous United States. Check out all our CorningWare sets here.

The Home Chef’s Gift Guide

It doesn’t matter whether the home chef in your life is your spouse, your parent, your sibling, or your friend; chances are good you know someone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen, making sure everyone is comfortable and well-fed. With the help of our Home Chef’s Gift Guide, you’ll find a variety of quality kitchen wares that will make awesome gifts. Best of all, HeltonTool is an authorized distributor of all these fine home products, so you get the full manufacturer’s warranty in addition to our wonderfully low prices.

Chicago Cutlery Knives & Knife Sets

Chicago Cutlery is renowned for their commitment to quality cutting. Their knives feature exclusive Taper Grind edge technology that ensures a sharper knife and a cleaner cut. If the edge ever does seem to dull, some of our knife sets feature an in-block sharpener to re-hone blades and make them sharp as new again. The knives have an excellent hand-feel, weighing in with just the right balance of a light, manageable design and solid, high-quality construction. With several knives and knife sets to choose from, the home chef you know will have a blade for every task.

Corningware Cookware Sets

No matter what dishes she does best, the home chef in your life will appreciate a set of Corningware Pyroceram Stovetop cookware. Available in either the just white design or featuring the blue cornflower embellishment, these dishes look timelessly beautiful in any kitchen. These dishes are made from a material that was pioneered during the burgeoning space exploration era. Pyroceram is virtually impervious to temperature extremes, so there’s no recipe too hot for this bakeware.

Pyrex Glassware & Lids

From everyday Pyrex mixing bowls to some of their more decorative storage dishes, we have glassware that is sure to dazzle the home chef you know. We also have a multitude of colored lids to fit any dish we sell. Pyrex products are proudly made in the USA from materials that don’t hold on to food odors, flavors, or stains, so your home chef will be able to enjoy this iconic glassware for years to come.

Snapware Storage Solutions

Reliable storage containers with matching lids seem to be something of which no home chef can ever have enough. With our 2-pack of Snapware Airtight 26-piece sets, they just may get enough! This set not only features a variety of perfectly-sized containers with matching lids, but the largest container doubles as a carrying tote. The containers and lids feature a convenient nesting design, so they won’t clutter up valuable kitchen space. Having a cupboard spilling with mismatched containers and lids is almost worse than having no containers at all.

The Tool Enthusiast’s Gift Guide

We all know one. The guy or gal who lives for the sensation of a power tool vibrating in their hands. They obsess over craftsmanship and precision, and—not to put too fine a point on it—they love their tools. Give the gift of a new love this holiday season with one of our vast variety of drills, drivers, and impact power tools. Whether they are brand-loyal or if their workshop contains a smorgasbord of manufacturers, we have something for every collection. From bare tools to kits and from flashlights to bits, you’re sure to find a high-quality product for the tool enthusiast on your list.

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We carry a variety of power tools from the best names in the industry: Dewalt, Makita, Ryobi, Hitachi, and Porter Cable, to name a few. If you’re looking to add a new reciprocating saw to your tool enthusiast’s collection, check out some of our power tool bundles, which offer a saw as well as a drill/driver for one awesome price. We also have several tool kits, which include a tool as well as its accessories and a convenient way to carry it all. If we know one thing, it’s how to satisfy lovers of great power tools.

Batteries & Chargers

Some of the greatest value we have to offer is found in our battery bundles. Whether your tool enthusiast needs a battery and a spare for occasional jobs or if they want 10 batteries to power through a full weekend of work, we have a deal for you. With industry-leading charge times from some of our lithium-ion slide-style batteries and chargers, your tool enthusiast will have the power they want when they need it. Don’t miss our buy one get one free deal on the Makita BL1830 18V 3.0Ah battery!

Bits

Whether your tool enthusiast needs enough drill bits to open a repair shop or if they just need a handful for their next DIY project, we have a bit set to suit. Our bit kits from Dewalt include a variety of bits in a range of sizes, while our Senco bits offer users more of an a la carte bit-buying experience. Whichever route you go, remember that bits make excellent stocking stuffers!

Worksite Accessories

If the tool enthusiast on your shopping list spends a lot of time on the job, consider gifting them some of our worksite accessories. We have heavy-duty jobsite radios from Bosch, Porter Cable, and Ryobi. We have ultra-bright flashlights from Hitachi, Makita, Porter Cable, and Dewalt. We even have tool bags and tool cases for the tool enthusiast on the go. For the tool lover who is always on their feet, we have soft yet durable antimicrobial floor mats by Best Step. Put a few of these comfortable mats in front of their work bench, and their sore legs and back will be a thing of a past.